30 Dates in 30 Days by Elle Spencer

30 dates in 30 days, can you even imagine all that pressure and awkwardness. Hard pass. Don’t hard pass on this book though, Elle Spencer gives us a delightful romance full of fun, silliness, angst and a dang good romance.

Veronica Welch is just a few weeks away from being named partner at her prestigious New York City law firm. Her goal has been to make partner and then find the love of her life and settle down. That is winning to Veronica. While the partnership is almost a done deal, there is no lady on the horizon. Her fabulous assistant, Bea, takes matters into her own hands and puts V on a dating app specifically for lesbians. Bea convinces the ambitious lawyer that now is the time to find Mrs. Right and by having 30 dates in 30 days is the way to do it.

Rachel Monaghan is a world-renowned wedding photographer. Her business is booming, but when she has downtime she helps out her bestie/cousin tend bar at the family pub. Her cousin is going through a lot right now, so any help she can give she will. What this “I don’t believe in love anymore photographer” doesn’t expect is to strike up a friendship with a successful lawyer who is looking for the love of her life.

Elle Spencer delivers with this one. This book has all the elements to keep you spellbound to the end. 30 Dates in 30 Days is a fun dynamic read. Don’t let this one pass you by, really don’t let any book by Spencer pass you by, they are all fantastic.

4.25 stars out of 5

Little Dip (Garoul 0) by Gill McKnight

The Garoul series has always been one of my most favorites to read. I have adored each book and been captivated by the characters that have jumped off their pages. I had no idea what to think about going back to the beginning and telling Connie and Sylvie’s story (set in the late 1970s) but I was in for whatever adventure Gill McKnight was going to throw my way.

Connie Fortune is in the Little Dip area to photograph and illustrate the Yellow Cukoo. A bird the has recently been placed on the endangered species list and is extremely rare to be seen in North America. Connie’s quest for the elusive bird drops her right into the path of Sylvie Garoul.

Marie Garoul has been brought back to Little Dip to help her mother/pack leader work on the family almanac. Marie and Connie clash from the minute they meet. There is that pull towards each other but their heads and smartass comments keep them circling each other the majority of the book. Tensions and high and so is the attraction.

Beware once you start this one you will have a hard time putting it down. As always Gill Mcknight dazzles us with her storytelling. You couldn’t ask for a better escape. This book is fun, sexy and so well written. I sincerely hope that we see more Garouls soon!

***Note if you haven’t read any of the books in this series you can absolutely start with this one!

5 out of 5 stars

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Picture Perfect by Lisa Moreau

A great book will steal your heart forever. A good book will capture your attention for its duration. I’m always looking for that amazing book heart-stopping story, but I will always take a good solid read when I can get it. I think a good book is what you can easily say for Picture Perfect by Lisa Moreau.

Not world-shattering, not overly memorable, but a nice story to kick back and enjoy your downtime.
It was a fast and easy read that was relatively lighthearted. The author has a beautiful way of describing the scenery and the story flowed seamlessly. A nice way to spend a few hours!

3.25 out of 5 stars

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Capturing Forever by Erin Dutton

Capturing Forever is a story of second chances. Losing the love of your life, because you put work over family too many times, she finally had enough and left you. Could you have another chance or is eight years separated too long?

Jacqueline “Jac” Knight is a regional manager of human resources for a large shipping company. She travels non-stop, home only a handful of days in a month. Jac has worked tirelessly to rise up the corporate latter. She has put everything on the backburner on her quest to the top. Unfortunately the sacrifices she has made for her career have been huge personally. The love of her life asked her to leave, never being home was too much to endure, and her relationship with her father has deteriorated greatly. When Jac’s father’ health begins to rapidly decline, she must make some hard choices. She must rely on her ex-wife to hold things together while she is gone on business. Finally, Jac begins to see the error of her ways years ago. Is it too late to get her back?

Casey Meadow’s is Jac’s ex. She has a thriving photography business that she has built over the years. Between running her small business and caring for her teen son, Casey has had to do most of it alone. Her girlfriend wants them to take it to the next level and move in together, but Casey isn’t sure. She finds herself pulling back every time. When Jacqueline’s dad, who is also very close with Casey, takes a turn for the worse, she can’t help but jump in and assist in his care. Being around Jac raises old feelings, but is she willing to risk her heart again on the one person that could absolutely destroy it.

Jac and Casey have chemistry with each other, while it doesn’t set the pages aflame, it is there. You can feel their love for one another. I loved their dialogue between each other I just wish there had been more of it. There are a number of players in this one and they do take away some of the time between the two mains. Both ladies have another lover, and that was kind of hard for me. I felt like we needed more buildup. Fan the flames so to speak. You most definitely wanted them to find their way back to each other. Their reunion just had so many obstacles to overcome.

I liked this one. It’s a well thought out book, interesting and the pacing is done well. The character’s felt real and relatable.  I wish these two would have been honest with each other and had more substantial conversations. Overall a good read.

3.25 out of 5 stars

I was given this book by Netgalley & Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Capturing Forever
by Erin Dutton
Link: https://amzn.com/1626396310

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Shaken to the Core by Jae

I am a huge fan of Jae’s work. I wholeheartedly believe she is one of the best at creating well rounded stories and interesting characters. Her newest novel is no exception. Set in San Francisco under the backdrop of the California earthquake of April 18, 1906. This earthquake ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time, and thus caused ninety percent of San Francisco to catch fire. The historical aspects of this novel are riveting, but what really makes this story jump off the pages is the characters of Giuliana Russo and Kate Winthrop. Their interactions, their story, their adventures just felt real, they grabbed your heart and just would not let go.

Giuliana Russo is a migrant of Sicily. Giuliana and her older brother left their homeland to seek a better life. They didn’t dream of coming to California to become rich or famous, no they just want to provide enough money to send home so their mother and young siblings have enough food to eat. Work a few years in America, save up and then head back to their homeland. Her older brother, Turi, works the boat and Giuliana helps him sell his catch. Unfortunately their plan for a better life and a chance to return home is destroyed when Turi become deathly ill and suddenly passes away. Giuliana is now alone, and forced to find any work she can, and that is where she will meet Kate and becomes the maid to the Winthrop family.

Kate Winthrop is seriously wealthy. Her family owns a large shipping company and Kate has never wanted for anything that money can buy. She does however want her freedom. Kate is not happy buying fancy dresses, or entertaining the fancies of a suitor. No, this independent, spirited woman wants to make her own mark on the world. Photography is her passion, and she is dead set on working for a newspaper. Her photographs will speak for themselves no matter her gender.

Kate and Guliana become fast friends and allies. Both women are struggling to find their place in the world and they see that in each other. They also see beyond the veneer of poor immigrant and rich socialite. As their friendship takes off, so does the raging fire. These two women are thrown into perilous situations and adventures that are heart-pounding and quite frankly scary as hell. Their relationship is breathtakingly beautiful, timid but also very brave.

You cannot go wrong reading this one. This book is amazing! The historical aspect, the adventure and the romance are all done marvelously. Jae hits it out of the park with this one! For what its worth, Jae if you read this humble review, please write a book about Dr. Lucy Hamilton!

I was given this book by Ylva in return for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Shaken to the Core
by Jae
Link: https://amzn.com/B01GEWY5XA

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